Urban transport news from Europe

  • Moscow Metro Line 11 (5)
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    Moscow rolling stock loans

    2022-08-10T11:00:00Z

    RUSSIA: The government has approved a second loan for the purchase of rolling stock for urban and suburban rail services around Moscow. The two 15-year, 3% loans approved in October and July have a total value of 106·7bn roubles. The city government intends to use 49·7bn ...

  • CRRC Zhuzhou ART optically guided bus at Yibin in China (Photo: 来斤小仓鼠吧/CC BY-SA 4.0)
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    Scope of Transport & Works Act legislation to be expanded

    2022-08-04T11:00:00Z

    UK: The government is to enable the Transport & Works Act process to be used to grant powers for transport projects using non-physical guidance systems.

  • Helsinki trams (Photo: Jori Samonen/Pixabay)
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    Helsinki smart ticketing contract

    2022-08-04T04:00:00Z

    FINLAND: Helsinki regional transport authority HSL has awarded Conduent Transportation a contract to supply fare collection equipment for buses, trams, trains, metros and ferries. There were 238 million passenger boardings on these services in 2021. The first phase of the project is scheduled to begin in ...

  • London Underground roundel and Palace of Westminster clock tower (Photo: xxolaxx/Pixabay)
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    Transport for London funding agreement expires

    2022-08-03T14:25:00Z

    UK: The most recent extension of Transport for London’s extraordinary funding agreement expired at 12.00 on August 3. TfL had sought a short extension to continue discussions about the government’s draft proposal for a long-term funding settlement, but was offered 5½ days instead of the two ...

  • Barcelona tram connection impression
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    Barcelona tram link to get ground-level power supply

    2022-08-02T09:45:00Z

    SPAIN: Barcelona transport authority ATM has awarded Alstom a contract to supply its APS ground-level power supply for the first phase of the project to connect the city’s Trambaix and Trambesos tram networks. The currently separate networks are to be linked by building a 3∙9 km ...

  • Girona (Photo: Ron van der Steeg/Pixabay)
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    Catalunya studies tram-train networks

    2022-07-29T11:00:00Z

    SPAIN: The government of Catalunya and railway operator Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya have called tenders to undertake studies for four tram-train networks which would have a combined length of around 280 km. The four planned schemes are: Terres de l’Ebre, a 41 km, two-line ...

  • Transport for London's extraordinary funding agreementhas been extended until midday on August 3.
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    Transport for London needs time to consider funding proposal

    2022-07-29T07:44:00Z

    UK: Transport for London announced on July 28 that its extraordinary funding agreement, which was due to expire the same day, had been extended until midday on August 3, to give it time to discuss the government’s draft proposal for a long-term funding settlement. Mayor of ...

  • TfL Image - Battersea Power Station - train at platform
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    Transport for London receives draft proposal for funding settlement

    2022-07-25T14:37:00Z

    UK: The Department for Transport provided Transport for London with a draft proposal for a long-term funding settlement on the evening of July 22. The most recent extension of TfL’s extraordinary funding and financing agreement is due to expire on July 28. TfL said it would ...

  • CAF MetroCentro Sevilla
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    Sevilla tram order

    2022-07-25T09:11:00Z

    SPAIN: Sevilla city council has awarded CAF a contract to supply a further two vehicles for use on the Metrocentro de Sevilla tram line. The €33m contract awarded on July 21 includes 30 years of maintenance, and options for three more vehicles. The five-section 100% low-floor ...

  • Athens metro Line 1 trains (Photo: STASY)
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    Athens metro train refurbishment contract awarded

    2022-07-22T11:10:00Z

    GREECE: Operator STASY has awarded CAF a contract to refurbish 14 trainsets dating from 1983-85 which are in service on Athens metro Line 1. The 34-month project to extend the life of the five-car MAN/Siemens trainsets for a further 25 years has a €70m budget and ...

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    Dolderbahn rack railcar design unveiled

    2022-07-19T06:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: City transport operator Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich has unveiled the design of two railcars ordered for the Dolderbahn, which climbs 162 m in 1 328 m using the von Roll rack system. In June 2021 VBZ awarded Stadler Bussnang a SFr10·6m contract to supply two Bhe 1/2 ...

  • Barking Riverside Extension (3)
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    Barking Riverside extension opens

    2022-07-19T05:00:00Z

    UK: The 4·5 km Barking Riverside extension of the London Overground network opened on July 18. London Overground concessionaire Arriva Rail London is now operating four trains per hour as an extension of its Gospel Oak – Barking route, offering a 7 min journey time between ...

  • Dudley Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre Furrer and Frey charger (3)
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    Very Light Rail overhead charger commissioned at Dudley test facility

    2022-07-18T11:35:00Z

    UK: A rapid battery charger which supplier Furrer+Frey says is the first of its kind for a rail application has been commissioned at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley. This will enable testing of the automated rapid charging capability of the prototype ...

  • West Midlands Metro extension to Edgbaston Village
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    West Midlands Metro extension to Edgbaston opens

    2022-07-18T10:37:00Z

    UK: The 1·4 km second phase of the Birmingham Westside light rail extension opened on July 17, adding three stops at Brindleyplace, Five Ways and the Edgbaston Village terminus. Services run every 12 to 15 min, with peak time frequencies to be increased as more of ...

  • Waldenburgerbahn tram arrives (Photo: Lorenz Degen)
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    Waldenburgerbahn tram arrives for testing

    2022-07-18T05:00:00Z

    SWITZERLAND: The first of 10 Be 6/8 Tramlink light rail vehicles being supplied by Stadler Valencia to operate the Waldenburgerbahn south of Basel has been delivered to Bad Bubendorf for the start of test running. Car 101 was delivered in three parts on a fleet of ...

  • Tyne & Wear Metro Corys simulator
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    Tyne & Wear Metro simulator delivered

    2022-07-15T05:00:00Z

    UK: Tyne & Wear Metro has taken delivery of a Corys full-size cab simulator to train staff on its incoming fleet of trains to be supplied by Stadler. The simulator replicates the network and all 60 stations, as well as weather conditions such as snow or ...

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    Warszawa metro extension opens

    2022-07-14T05:00:00Z

    POLAND: A western extension of Warszawa metro Line M2 was opened by Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski and European Commissioner for Cohesion & Reforms Elisa Ferreira on June 30. The extension runs 2·7 km from Ksiecia Janusza to Bemowo, with an intermediate station at Ulrychów. ...

  • Oslo metro Fornebu line impression
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    Fornebu metro tunnelling contract awarded as funding envelope revised

    2022-07-13T13:37:00Z

    NORWAY: The second major tunnelling contract for Oslo’s Fornebu metro line has been signed, following an agreement by local authorities in the Oslo metropolitan region and the county of Viken of a revised funding package to cover increased costs.

  • Passengers on London Underground's Piccadilly Line wearing coronavirus face coverings
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    ‘Unsatisfactory progress’ means no long-term Transport for London funding agreement

    2022-07-13T13:09:00Z

    UK: Another short-term extension of Transport for London’s extraordinary funding agreement with the government was announced on July 13, the day the previous extension was due to expire. The latest extension of the fourth of the funding packages introduced after ridership collapsed during the coronavirus pandemic ...

  • Dublin MetroLink Tara Street station impression
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    Cabinet backs Dublin automated metro business case

    2022-07-12T08:25:00Z

    IRELAND: The cabinet has approved the preliminary business case for the proposed MetroLink automated metro in Dublin. This will enable Transport Infrastructure Ireland to submit a planning application in September and begin procurement next year ready for construction to start from 2025. Opening is envisaged in ...